The 2013 National County Sports Meet (NCSM) got underway over the weekend in Harper, Maryland County, with the host (Maryland County) held to a goalless draw by neighbor River Gee County. Maryland County is drawn in group-3 of the NCSM alongside River Gee, Grand Kru Counties. The County Meet opener started on a poor note with the two counties proving noting to their supporters.
Both counties wasted the entire first 45 minutes of soccer action without a single shot on goal, but rather all they shared was a yellow card apiece. Emmanuel Zoegar was yellow carded in the 11th minute of the game for River Gee County, while Joseph Woods of Maryland County went into Referee Lamie Kamara’s book in the 33rd minute of the encounter.
However, the unlike the first half, the second period of the encounter produced a little bit of exciting actions expected by the fans. Maryland County came close to opening the score sheet just 12 minutes into the second half with a distant shoot, but thanks to goalkeeper Emmanuel Henry of River Gee County, who had a tip on it to send it for a corner.
River Gee County on the other side, replied 12 minutes later with a double miss by Salinsa Broh and Mohammed Barry respectively. The visitors (River Gee County) again, made another astonishing move to goal but the Marylanders reconsolidated quickly to save that danger.
That was not the end of the story, as the home side moved aggressively towards getting a goal within the closing stages of the encounter. But it all ended in disappointments as the efforts of the Cape Palmas boys were denied by goalie Henry, who saved River Gee County from all troubles.
In spite of that disappointment in the soccer match, the host still went home smiling as she collected all two points from River Gee County in the kickball encounter, which was played earlier. The Marylanders trashed her host by 33-3 home runs, making it the biggest score line in the history of kickball in the NCSM.
The first was a 26-2 victory of Maryland over River Gee County. River Gee County scored 0, 2, 1, 0 and 0 in the first, second, third, fourth and fifth round respectively, while Maryland County on the other hand, scored 11, 9, 4, 1 and 7 in the first, second, third, fourth and fifth round of the encounter respectively.
By Emmanuel Weedee-in Harper, Maryland County